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EC explores voting through internet for NRIs

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 07, 2014
First Published: 20:42 IST(7/4/2014) | Last Updated: 23:51 IST(7/4/2014)

Non-resident Indians (NRIs) may be able to cast their votes through the Internet from overseas as the Election Commission on Monday informed the Supreme Court that it is exploring such a possibility.

The EC, however, told a bench headed by Justice KS Radhakrishnan that it is almost impossible to make any such arrangement for NRIs as electoral rolls have been finalised in almost all the constituencies.

The bench, however, asked the commission to look into the possibility of introducing such a system in this election itself for the 11,844 registered NRI voters.

The EC submitted that it has appointed a committee to explore the possibility of allowing NRIs to cast their votes from overseas.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by an NRI Shamsheer VP, who contended that the existing provision which mandates NRI voters to be physically present in the constituency to exercise their votes was discriminatory and violative of their fundamental rights.


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